new114P syllabus

new114P syllabus - Listen Speak Engage SanJosStateU...

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Listen • Speak • Engage San José State U Communication Studies Section 01, Spring 2010 Instructor: Beth Von Till Office location: CL 240E Telephone: 408-924-5384 Email: Beth.Vontill@sjsu.edu Office hours: Tu, Th 10:30-12 Class days/time: Tu, Th 1:30-2:45 Classroom: CL 243 Prerequisites: Upper division standing Catalog Description Application of current theory and research to develop communications skills within larger global and ethical issues across a range of professional and workplace contexts, including interviews, oral reports, persuasive presentations, group meetings, and mediated public speaking. Succeeding in a Four-Unit Course  At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Because this is a four-unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of eight hours per week in addition to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Special projects or assignments may require additional work for the course. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. This year, the Comm department is focusing on writing skills as part of encouraging the successful application of communication skills. You should strive for five qualities in your writing: (1) your writing should be COMPELLING (i.e., it should articulate a claim, make a point, be purposeful), (2) your writing should be COMPLETE (i.e., it should address all aspects of the assignment, it should be sufficiently developed), (3) your writing should be COHERENT (i.e., your argument should logically progress from one paragraph to the next), (4) your writing should be CONCISE (i.e., it should be richly developed, but not meandering or repetitive), and (5) your writing should be CORRECT (i.e., it should be free of grammatical, typographical and source citation errors, as well as fallacious reasoning). I will look to these five criteria as I read and respond to your written work in this course Class website Copies of the course syllabus and major assignment sheets may be found on the class site http://sjsu.desire2learn.com . This course is part of the pilot use of Desire 2 Learn, a new learning management system. You are responsible for regularly checking messages sent via Blackboard. The announcement page will be used Page 1 of 6
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Listen • Speak • Engage for updates and other important alerts about the class. You may use Blackboard email to contact me or use the email address and phone number listed above. Foundations, Inquiry, PRACTICE Each course in the Department of Communication Studies primarily focuses on one of three areas: Foundations (theoretical underpinnings of the discipline), Inquiry (research in the discipline), or Practice (application of communication theories and concepts to real world contexts). COMM 114P is a Practice
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